John Sclater

M, #1657, b. 19 July 1832, d. 23 November 1857
     John Sclater was born on 19 July 1832 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2,3 He was the son of William Sclater and Mary Sclater. John Sclater was baptized on 2 August 1832 at Parish of Cullen, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 His family was known by the tee-name of "Hasser". John Sclater was also known as John Slater.
He was listed as head of household in the 1841 census at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Mary Slater, 45; Mary Slater, 20; William Slater, 20; George Slater, 15; Helen Slater, 12; John Slater, 8.4
He was a fisherman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1851 census at Slack Road, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: Mary Scleter, head; William Scleter, son; Jean Scleter, daughter; Hellen Scleter, daughter; John Scleter, son.5
He married Margaret Mair at Seafield Church, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 30 September 1855.6,7,3 John died on 23 November 1857 at sea, off Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland, at age 25. He perished with the Portknockie fishing boat 'Tenpence' that foundered off Portsoy during a storm. The entire crew were lost. They were James Mair "Shavie" (skipper), William Mair "Shavie", James Mair "Shavie", James Wood "Park", Alexander Wood "Royal", George Wood "Royal", John Sclater "Hassar", James Wood "Post" and George Pirie "Dod".8,3,9,10

Child of John Sclater and Margaret Mair


  1. [S1181] John Sclater, OPR Baptism entry, "1832, Sclater, 2d Augt, William Sclater, fisherman Portknockie, had a child by his Wife Mary Sclater born on the 19th Ult. and baptized this day named John: Witnefses Ann Pirie and Margt. Pirie both in Portknockie."
  2. [S1175] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Sclater, male. Birth: 19 JUL 1832. Christening: 02 AUG 1832 Cullen, Banff, Scotland. Father: William Sclater. Mother: Mary Sclater."
  3. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  4. [S1303] 1841, Scottish Census, "John Sclater, male, age 8, born in county, resident in Portknockie."
  5. [S1302] 1851, Scottish Census, "John Scleter, son, male, age 18, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisher, resident in Slack Road."
  6. [S1291] John Sclater to Margaret Mair, Marriage entry, "1855 September Thirtieth, at Seafield Church, Marriage (after Banns) was solemnized between us, According to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church of Scotland. John Slater, present residence Portknockie, usual residence Portknockie, age 23 years, Fisherman, Bachelor, birth Portknockie Septr 1832 Registered in Cullen, parents William Slater Fisherman Deceased, Mary Slater Maiden Name Slater Deceased. Margaret Mair, William Wood Witness, James Mair Witness, present residence Portknockie, usual residence Portknockie, age 25 years, Domestic Servant, Spinster, birth Portknockie 2nd Jany 1830 (sic) Registered in Cullen, parents James Mair Fisherman, Catherine Mair Maiden Name Wood. James Ledingham Minister Seafield Church. Jas. Mair Witness. William Wood Witness. Registered 1855 October 3rd at Rathven, Geo. Coull Registrar."
  7. [S1139] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "John Slater, male. Spouse: Margaret Muir (sic). Marriage: 30 SEP 1855, Rathven, Banff, Scotland."
  8. [S1290] John Sclater, Statutory Register of Deaths in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "Slater John, Fisherman (Married), died 1857 November Twenty-third about 4h 0m P.M. at Sea, Residence Portknockie, Male, 27 years. Father: William Slater, Fisherman (Deceased), Mother: Mary Slater Maiden Name Slater (Deceased). Cause of death: Drowned. Burial Place: Body not found at date of Registration. Informant: William Wood, Brother-in-law, 159 Portknockie. Registered: 1857, Decr 5th at Portknockie, James Cumming, Registrar."
  9. [S2393] Storm on the East Coast and Great Loss of Life, Caledonian Mercury, "STORM ON THE EAST COAST, AND GREAT LOSS OF LIFE
    (From our Aberdeen correspondent)
    On Monday morning, a great number of the fishing boats on the coast north of Banff left their stations to proceed to the Dogger Bank, 30 miles distant, to prosecute the fishing for haddocks. They had scarcely reached the fishing-ground when a heavy storm came on with such suddenness as to leave but little hope of their reaching the shore in safety. Great anxiety was manifested by relatives and others, who crowded the headlands, looking eagerly seaward. Rumours of disaster were rife before night; which alas, were but too fully verified on Tuesday morning. Two boats belonging to Port-Knockie have been lost, with all on board – eighteen men. One Port-Gordon boat came on shore about a mile to the east of Cullen; her crew, nine in number, have perished. A schooner, the Janet and Ann, of Inveresk, came on shore near Whitehills, with not a living soul on board. She has been dashed to pieces on the rocks. The names of the Port-Knockie crews are – George Pirie (skipper), married; James and John Mair, brothers, the former married; William Mair and James Mair, uncles of the former; John Innes, John Mair, John Wood (married); second crew – James Mair (Shavie), (married) and his two sons; W. James, George and Alexander Wood, brothers, the former married; James Wood (Park), George Pirie (married), George Slate (sic) (married), James Wood, Post (married). Two boats belonging to Buckie have also been lost, one of which, with eight men on board, was wrecked at the entrance to the harbour, and immediately in view of the wives and children of the unfortunate men. The other boat, containing seven men, and running for Cromarty, was swamped at sea, and came ashore near Nairn. Her name is The Pink of Buckie. During the gale, 18 boats ran ashore on the sands to the east of Buckie; their crews fortunately were saved, but several of the boats were seriously damaged. One boat, in attempting to take Buckie harbour, was dashed to pieces, but the crew were saved. It is estimated that altogether 42 men have lost their lives, the greater number of whom leave widows and children to lament their loss. The storm was felt all along the north coast."
  10. [S816] Lynda McHardy née Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Lynda McHardy of Aberdeen, Scotland."